lendahand.jpgSCHIP is also up for a vote TODAY, and there are several legislators that need a big nudge toward doing the right thing for children in America.  Here’s the bottom line:  the amount of money we would spend for 6 weeks in Iraq, could cover 10 million children in America for five whole years. 

Having worked with at risk children in abuse and neglect cases, I can tell you first hand how important early intervention health care can be for these kids.  This is especially true for children with developmental and other medical delays and with chronic medical conditions, where early and appropriate health care can remediate and often help to somewhat correct issues that would cost taxpayers a lot more down the road in educational services and chronic medical care.

How could you not want to do the right thing early for a child to give them a shot at a much better life in years to come?  Let alone want to help provide them with early medical care to prevent even larger problems — which would have to be paid for on the taxpayer dime in ever-increasing amounts over the years — when some preventive care could have saved that child and his community from this if it had occurred earlier?  Honestly, seems pretty straightforward to me — but then, I’ve seen what miracles can occur with early developmental and medical intervention across a whole host of autism and other medical issues.  

Bill Scher has even more on the bill and its importance, as does Scarecrow.  Some great information from familiesusa.org (PDF).  And even more from Howie:  here, here and here.  This from The Nation.  And a piece from The Hill today as well.

SCHIP is up for a vote today.  And these kids need your help.  Here are some toll free numbers to the switchboard, and also the names and numbers of folks who could use calls today on behalf of children in need.  Please make a call today to your House member — whether they are on a list below or not, please call every member of the House – it could make a world of difference for some kids in your community and all over this nation of ours.

Toll-free numbers to the switchboard (via katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

From Scarecrow, a list of Dems who need a big nudge (thanks to egregious for the direct dial numbers):

Bush has promised to veto that bill, and we need to push for a veto-proof majority, which means we’ll need to pick up 60 more votes or so. Everyone needs to hear from us, and Howie suggests these doubtful Dems for extra attention.

Dan Boren (OK) (202) 225 2701
Jim Cooper (TN) (202) 225 4311
Joe Donnelly (IN) (202) 225 3915
Brad Ellsworth (IN) (202) 225 4636
Baron Hill (IN) (202) 225 5315
Bob Etheridge (NC) (202) 225 4531
Mike McIntyre (NC) (202) 225 2731
Heath Shuler (NC) (202) 225 6401
Jim Marshall (GA) (202) 225 6531
Gene Taylor (MS) (202) 225 5772

The House switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

Here are Republicans who need pressure:

Robert Aderholt
Rodney Alexander
Spencer Bachus
Judy Biggert
Gus Bilirakis
Jo Bonner
Mary Bono
John Boozman
Ginny Brown-Waite
Vern Buchanan
Steven Buyer
Dave Camp
Michael Castle
Tom Cole
Ander Crenshaw
Geoff Davis
Tom Davis
Charlie Dent
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Mario Diaz-Balart
John Duncan
Vern Ehlers
Jo Ann Emerson
Phil English
Terry Everett
Randy Forbes
Jeff Fortenberry
Vito Fossella
Rodney Frelunghuysen
Jim Gerlach
Wayne Gilchrest
Louie Gohmert
Virgil Goode
Bob Goodlatte
Sam Graves
Robin Hayes
Dean Heller
David Hobson
Kenny Hulsholf
Bob Inglis
Bobby Jindal
Tim Johnson
Walter Jones
Rick Keller
Peter King
Mark Kirk
Joe Knollenberg
Randy Kuhl
Tom Latham
Steven LaTourette
Frank Lucas
Kenny Marchant
Kevin McCarthy
Mike McCaul
Thaddeus McCotter
John McHugh
Candice Miller
Jerry Moran
Tim Murphy
John Peterson
Tom Petri
Todd Platts
Ted Poe
Jon Porter
Deborah Pryce
Jim Ramstad
Ralph Regula
Denny Rehberg
Dave Reichert
Rick Renzi
Michael D. Rogers
Michael J. Rogers
Hal Rogers
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Jim Saxton
Jean Schmidt
John Shimkus
Bill Shuster
Mike Simpson
Chris Smith
Lamar Smith
Cliff Stearns
Pat Tiberi
Michael Turner
Fred Upton
Greg Walden
James Walsh
Zach Wamp
Jerry Weller
Ed Whitfield
Heather Wilson
Frank Wolf
Don Young
C.W. Bill Young

(Photo via Ron Marshall074.)

UPDATE:  Some additional information from The Seminal here.